Archinect - News 2015-08-05T00:36:01-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T20:01:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.&rdquo; In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pqcd75ycea0dhru.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T13:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84cf8ba3e99f5e84a500c282323e5d2d.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After past run-ins with the city, the nomadic Nickelsville has shifted from temporary place to temporary place. Most recently, the group struggled with a location, after Seattle decided to authorize and regulate three homeless encampments in the city. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a need for a transportable, insulated, tiny house that provides privacy and isn&rsquo;t going to be a huge burden for them when they move,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117748809/about-that-troubled-seattle-tunnel-an-interview-with-local-advocate-cary-moon About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6m3oef23dlfw3f7.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2e8whp4x0ba050f.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114211251/kathryn-gustafson-wins-8th-obayashi-prize Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-21T21:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:46:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vkn6upui0bn76tr7.jpg" width="514" height="610" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tria0pvx1foptv0.jpg"></p><p>Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmv0j0rmkquuar4g.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/kathryn_gustafson_wins_8th_obayashi_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riovw8953qu1voxj.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103264159/editor-s-picks-374 Editor's Picks #374 Nam Henderson 2014-07-02T19:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z51wh4g9c8r9dydi.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned a review - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Trouble with a Bird&rsquo;s Eye View</a>.&nbsp;The piece dissects a summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. He concludes the pairing of aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, is proof that &nbsp;"<em>For Barden, Gro&szlig; and Lee, the position and involvement of humans in a greater ecology is only clear from high above</em>".</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> shared <em>"This reminds me of that story of the 1933 CIAM meeting. &nbsp;Participants compared scale plan/maps of major cities around the world. &nbsp;Neutra's graphic of LA covered a wall and then some</em>".</p><p>Plus, for the fifth edition of <strong>Cutting Room</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> interviewed <a href="http://www.mehruss.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mehruss Jon Ahi</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="http://www.armenkaraoghlanian.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Armen Karaoghlanian</a>,<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> the architect and filmmaker behind </a><a href="http://intjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interiors</a>.&nbsp;The project is a journal in which the authors reconstruct sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;suggested "<em>The interest for me is not the reproduction of arch...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81097691/thresholds-marks-the-unmarked-at-kent-cemetery ‘Thresholds’ marks the unmarked at Kent cemetery Bradly Gunn 2013-09-05T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-06T11:32:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k1fz0uf4tsh73mif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing to realize you could walk around the site not knowing if there is a body underneath you,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;How do you commemorate that?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Of the approximately 200 people buried at Saar Pioneer Cemetery, there are 89 unmarked graves, each&nbsp;unable to inform visitors of their presence and the role they played in Kent history. Collaborative artists&nbsp;Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn seek to mark the unmarked by creating a series &ldquo;thresholds&rdquo; to walk under&nbsp;and pass through, as an acknowledgement of the final resting place of Kent&rsquo;s founding pioneers.&nbsp;</p> <p> THRESHOLDS is generously supported by 4Culture&rsquo;s Site Specific Program and the University of&nbsp;Washington&rsquo;s College of Built Environment&rsquo;s Digital Fabrication Lab, with additional support from McLendon&nbsp;Hardware, Dunn Lumber and Miller Paint Co.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnb1uz08p1y8aqjm.jpg" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57685917/apple-vs-amazon-whose-new-headquarters-is-cooler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters Archinect 2013-05-21T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T17:48:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klev4v502bkrc4md.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, the three intersecting biodomes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building and would establish a visual focus and &ldquo;heart&rdquo; for the three-block project, according to plans filed with the city. The spheres will offer &ldquo;a plant-rich environment&rdquo; filled with species from mountainous ecologies around the globe, chosen for their &ldquo;ability to coexist in a microclimate that also suits people,&rdquo; according to the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71829118/seattle-s-super-green-bullitt-center-opened-on-earth-day Seattle’s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day Alexander Walter 2013-04-23T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T17:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/4461a254vmk3qs7z.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, on Earth Day, Seattle's latest green building celebrated its grand opening: The Bullitt Center, a super-efficient office space at 1501 East Madison Street, was designed to become the world&rsquo;s largest functioning, commercial Living Building, using an estimated 83 percent less energy than a typical Seattle office building and achieving Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69015292/architect-jim-olson-of-olson-kundig-architects-to-design-museum-of-art Architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects, to design Museum of Art Archinect 2013-03-07T20:21:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:33:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56521e8203bd07260f12c24180a74a15.jpg" width="300" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The award-winning firm of world renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson has been selected to design the new Museum of Art at Washington State University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65584232/the-bullitt-centre-a-green-american-icon The Bullitt Centre: A Green American Icon Anna Johnson 2013-01-16T12:54:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:13:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0wf2bu7x53275mt.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A brand new green building project is set to become one of the world&rsquo;s most sustainable commercial office builds not for the new and innovative technology it has implemented but for the unique approach to green building the developers have taken.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62527206/first-showing-of-new-arena-design-not-exactly-a-slam-dunk First showing of new arena design not exactly a slam-dunk Archinect 2012-12-01T12:37:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T01:53:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rm/rmw733u0f9h4iwu5.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The initial responses of some local architects to the arena drawings were underwhelming. While cautioning that the renderings are preliminary, Seattle architect and critic Mark Hinshaw said some of the views of the proposed arena seem like "boxes with a tight lid" that could be any number of public buildings. "One thing that seems missing is any kind of dramatic roof expression that we have seen with a number of landmark buildings &mdash; particularly ones that involve large audiences.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59923743/building-up-not-selling-out-can-denser-cities-save-family-farms Building up, not selling out: Can denser cities save family farms? Alexander Walter 2012-10-23T21:49:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:39:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7ddd3fb4007fb4197ae5f9c73b552e6e.jpg" width="250" height="166" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the developers of Olive 8 &mdash; a swanky hotel/condo complex planned for downtown Seattle &mdash; were looking for a way to build beyond the 300-foot height limit that zoning allowed. Doing so required some compromises &mdash; but not the kind of backroom deal residents of Chicago or Baltimore might assume.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/57685917/apple-vs-amazon-whose-new-headquarters-is-cooler Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler? Archinect 2012-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T13:31:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4f65523685062dadc6e6710eb8897ae.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no architecture critic, but the word &ldquo;iconic&rdquo; keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos &amp; Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The geeks speak on two new planned tech campuses. Which one do you prefer?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52829472/seattle-library-homeless-man-interview-clips Seattle Library: Homeless Man Interview Clips Archinect 2012-07-02T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T07:07:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tqrumbu2eatbimhr.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CLIPS OF SEATTLE LIBRARY: INTERVIEW WITH HOMELESS MAN AND SHOTS OF STRUCTURE. This footage is part of a feature length Documentary film that I am making about my father Rem Koolhaas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48808374/abf-proposal-in-closure-wins-seattle-s-urban-intervention-design-ideas-competition ABF Proposal ‘In-Closure’ Wins Seattle’s Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2012-05-17T18:09:00-04:00 >2012-05-17T18:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56hd7wkfgrmol0bm.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A jury of internationally recognized design professionals and Seattle civic leaders have declared a winner among three semi-finalists in Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. The winner is ABF, of Paris, France, for its design, In-Closure, which envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47650768/seattle-urban-interventions-finalist-presentations Seattle Urban Interventions Finalist Presentations Erin Williams 2012-05-07T17:25:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T18:12:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfkn7604uyxbl6e5.jpg" width="514" height="185" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What might happen at Seattle Center when Memorial Stadium goes away? Are there imaginative and unique uses for a large urban park? What is the Jelly Bean and why is it floating next to the Space Needle? Join us Friday, May 11, for presentations by the finalists of a design competition, Urban Intervention, that explores the future of Seattle Center and public space. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets should be reserved in advance.</p></em><br /><br /><p> If you're in the area, head out to see the finalist presentations on May 11th. In the meantime, &nbsp;you can see the preview videos from the finalists <a href="http://urbanintervention.aiaseattle.org/finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44421438/urban-intervention-finalist-park-by-koning-eizenberg-architecture-arup Urban Intervention Finalist: Park by Koning Eizenberg Architecture + ARUP Alexander Walter 2012-04-09T18:16:00-04:00 >2012-04-09T18:39:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8b3c4zrvlwvcipb7.jpg" width="514" height="264" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in March, three finalist entries were announced at Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. [...] We had already published PRAUD's "Seattle Jelly Bean" proposal, and here's now also the finalist entry "Park" by Southern Californian practice Koning Eizenberg Architecture in collaboration with ARUP. All three finalist submissions are currently in the process of design phase two.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Also, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5766/koning-eizenberg-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koning Eizenberg Architecture</a> is currently <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/43714865/marketing-coordinator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hiring</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/43013355/why-don-t-architects-speak-english Why don't architects speak English? Archinect 2012-03-28T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T07:00:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jm/jm86fj06o6bv54ma.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grand plans for Seattle Center evoke hovering "Jelly Beans," "dematerialized urbanism," and "catalyzing atmospheres." That's just what Seattle needs: more gobbledygook.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Knute Berger, of Seattle-based Crosscut, opines on the long-pondered use of "gobbledygook" in archispeak, in reference to the architect's project descriptions from the recently announced results in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/106470/urban-intervention-design-ideas-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41522180/urban-intervention-finalist-seattle-jelly-bean-by-praud Urban Intervention Finalist: Seattle Jelly Bean by PRAUD Alexander Walter 2012-03-15T15:33:00-04:00 >2012-04-09T18:23:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2iqbk9onrv5z388.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With their entry Seattle Jelly Bean, Boston architects PRAUD (Dongwoo Yim &amp; Rafael Luna) were one of the three finalist teams which have now been invited to compete in the second phase of the competition through April until the final presentation in May.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41424523/finalists-announced-for-urban-intervention-design-ideas-competition Finalists Announced for Urban Intervention Design Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2012-03-14T19:22:00-04:00 >2012-03-14T22:45:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6s/6shai8m3ylwzya7q.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space has selected 3 finalists and 7 commendations. In the spirit of the 1962 World&rsquo;s Fair, Seattle Center and AIA Seattle invited multidisciplinary design teams to compete in an international design ideas competition to re-envision a nine-acre site in the heart of Seattle Center and use it to explore innovation in public space in the coming century.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/38783946/seattle-may-soon-reach-new-heights Seattle may soon reach new heights Archinect 2012-02-20T20:43:33-05:00 >2012-02-20T20:43:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c18230f4126a3099a7ec909ea52a403a.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the urging of billionaire Paul Allen, planners are considering raising the height limit for new buildings in certain areas of the city</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62759586/this-starbucks-cafe-is-made-from-shipping-containers This Starbucks cafe is made from shipping containers Archinect 2011-12-08T12:19:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T23:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80nqsfcc0t1f6myl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We already suspected the Starbucks of the future might be serving a whole lot of juice. Now, it looks like tomorrow&rsquo;s Starbucks cafes might be rectangular and metal &mdash; and look suspiciously like shipping containers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/28831848/cabins-by-olson-kundig-architects Cabins by Olson Kundig Architects Archinect 2011-11-26T13:16:31-05:00 >2011-11-29T08:36:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e5e93d5174f55239f37a1e37c933c13.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's Olson Kundig Architects has carved a niche for itself designing contemporary cabins that are cozy when occupied and secure when vacant. Here's a collection of their creations, starting with Delta Shelter, built in Mazama, Wash., in 2005.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>